A new Piano Explored Series at St John’s Smith Square

We’re absolutely delighted to be returning to St John’s Smith Square alongside Howard Shelley for a new 5 concert lunchtime series, Piano Explored. For 17/18, audiences will uncover the anguish of Shostakovich, reminisce on a classic love story that spiralled Schumann to global success, delve into the grandeur of Mendelssohn, whisk through Saint-Saens’ rollercoaster-esque creative process and dive into the explosive mind of Grieg.

Described by International Piano as “The best lunch-break you’ve ever had,” this popular series will see a host of symphonic performances, accompanied as ever by Howard’s humorous and intriguing introductions, all within a lunchtime concert in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Smith Square.

Designed for everyone from city workers and resident Londoners to holiday-makers day-trippers, London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored is the perfect addition to your lunch-time.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Click on the dates below to book your tickets.

Tickets: £15 (students £5)

Wednesday 4th October 2017 – 1.05pm
GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16

Wednesday 1st November 2017 – 1.05pm
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto A minor Op.54

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – 1.05pm
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.2 in F, Op.102

Wednesday 7th February 2018 – 1.05pm
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25

Wednesday 7th March 2018 – 1.05pm
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22

 

Box Office: 020 7222 1061 | St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
Booking fees: £2.75 telephone / £1.75 online

 

#LMPOnTheMove: LMP & SHIFT K3Y, Live at BoxPark Croydon

London Mozart Players presents an unforgettable fusion of dance, electronic, indie and classical music at Croydon’s BoxPark alongside a range of special guests.

Croydon’s resident orchestra will be joined by a line-up of London’s most exciting music talent, including a headline performance from multi-talented English DJ, artist and producer Shift K3y, whose energetic, compelling dance music will be brought to life alongside a 15-piece orchestra and dramatic visuals.

The evening will also include performances of music from Max Richter & blockbuster film Psycho, as well as a world premiere short work from songwriting/production duo Brother Tree.

About Shift K3Y

Hailing from North London, Shift K3Y exploded onto the scene with his debut single ‘Touch‘, before going on to collaborate with some of today’s best-selling UK artists, including Zara Larsson, Jess Glynne & MNEK. His 2015 single ‘Gone Missing‘ with BB Diamond secured his reputation as one of the UK’s innovative dance artists and on this exclusive night he’ll be presenting his best known chart hits alongside brand new music from his upcoming album, all brought to life by Placebo & Kanye West collaborator and orchestrator Fiona Brice.

LMP: Zambezi Tales

Join us for the Zambezi Tales – a musical journey through Africa, featuring tales from the Shona and Tonga tribes, some funny, some scary and sinister – all with the special magic of African tribal legends. The audience songs include a chant in Bantu!
Meet a cunning hyena, an earth-shaking elephant, an envious warthog and many more characters of the African plains, as these stories come to life through music.
There will be two performances – the first at 11.15am and the second at 1.30pm

JAM on the Marsh

London Mozart Players made their JAM on the Marsh debut last year, alongside the Mousai Singers, conducted by Daniel Cook, performing amongst others the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s The Shadows of War to a packed audience. This year Michael Bawtree takes over the baton and Daniel Cook moves to the organ bench for a totally unique concert, during which they will perform the Poulenc Organ Concerto, Judith Bingham’s Jacob’s Ladder and Albinoni’s Adagio on three different organs from France, England and Holland! This has never been done before, and will give the audience the extraordinary opportunity of hearing these pieces performed on the appropriate organ, in one concert. Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Sibelius’ Rakastava complete this captivating programme.

Albinoni | Adagio
Judith Bingham | Jacob’s Ladder
Elgar | Introduction and Allegro
Poulenc | Organ Concerto
Sibelius | Rakastava

Daniel Cook, organ
Michael Bawtree, conductor

Wotton Concert Series: Bruch Violin Concerto

Join the LMP for a concert of Mozart, Bruch and Beethoven. After last year’s sell out concert, the brilliant young violinist, Julia Pusker, returns to play the Bruch violin concerto. The concert will be conducted by the LMP’s very own Ben Hoffnung.

Grayshott Concerts: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Orchestra-in-residence of Grayshott Concerts, LMP, return to give what promises to be a spectacular concert with two rising stars of the classical music industry.

Conductor Elim Chan

Violin Joo Yeon Sir

ROSSINI Italian Girl in Algiers Overture

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor

K JENKINS Chatterbox

MOZART Symphony No.40 in G minor K550

#LMPOnTheMove: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

BBC Young Musician 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason headlines one of the highlights of this year’s Crystal Palace Overground Festival, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto with London Mozart Players.

The concert is part of a weekend takeover series specially curated by Croydon’s resident orchestra, and also featuring a side/side performance of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony with young musicians from Croydon Music & Arts.

SHOSTAKOVICH | CHAMBER SYMPHONY

HAYDN | CELLO CONCERTO IN C

MOZART | ‘HAFFNER’ SYMPHONY NO.35

The first black musician to win the BBC accolade, Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the UK’s emerging classical musicians. His self-titled debut EP was released this year on Decca Classics, and features his take on Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah¸ which he performed at the 2017 BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall. In this special collaboration, the cellist performs alongside Croydon’s own orchestra, as well as musicians from Croydon Music & Arts.

 

Crystal Palace Overground Festival presents: Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood

Delve into Roald Dahl’s interpretation of the children’s classic Little Red Riding Hood, brought to life with live music by Paul Patterson and performed by Rebecca Kenny and the London Mozart Players.

Join Croydon’s resident orchestra this half term as we re-imagine the iconic children’s classic story, surrounded by an exciting collection of installation art from a local community group.

Suitable for children of all ages.

 

Check out our feature on the genius behind these classic children’s stories below…

 

Crystal Palace Overground Festival: Thomas Trotter, Vivaldi Gloria + Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus

Croydon Gospel Choir perform Vivaldi Gloria, and Crystal Palace Community Choir & the choirs of Harris Academy join forces to sing Karl Jenkins’ renowned anthem Adiemus, also featuring a special performance by world renowned organist Thomas Trotter.

The concert is part of a weekend takeover series specially curated by Croydon’s resident orchestra, and also features soloists Thomas Trotter performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with London Mozart Players.

KARL JENKINS | ADIEMUS
VIVALDI | GLORIA
POULENC | ORGAN CONCERTO
MOZART | DIVERTIMENTO IN Bb

LMP at the Crystal Palace Museum

The Museum and the internationally renowned London Mozart Players invite you to discover stories from the spectacular Crystal Palace, illustrated with music. Join us for this family concert with delicious coffee and biscuits generously donated by Dalhousie.

LMP Cello Trail

There’s nothing more relaxing and civilised than hearing the strains of a solo cello floating over the hushed conversation and delicious coffee aromas of a café environment. Never more so when the soloist is Principal Cellist of the London Mozart Players, Sebastian Comberti, one of the UK’s finest musicians who will give 20 minutes recitals at each location – follow the trail to start the weekend! 10:30 Brown & Green, 11:30 Outside Sainsbury’s, 12:30 Living Water Satisfies and 13:30 Crystal Palace Park Gardens (beside the bus station)

LMP in Würzburg

LMP are heading to Würzburg with a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Myslivecek as part of the Mozartfest Würzburg. With Howard Shelley as both director and soloist, they will be playing Mozart’s first Piano Concerto in F. They will be performing at the Residenz, Kaisersaal.

10 things you might not know about Roald Dahl…

In preparation for our special family concert performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ on Sunday 18 June for the Crystal Palace Overground Festival, I thought I’d put together this little list of facts about Roald Dahl that you might not know!

Along with my trusty young ambassador Sarah Posner – and a little help from www.roalddahl.com! – we came up with this smashing list unveiling the fascinating man behind some of the world’s most loved children’s books.

At a first glance it would seem that Roald Dahl was just a big kid at heart, as this is prevalent throughout his writing. What also permeates his work is a perpetual sense of wonder, adventure, and at times peril, and this can only be drawn from his eventful and exciting life!

Did you know…?

1. Roald Dahl was an RAF fighter pilot in World War II – he earned himself the nickname ‘Lofty’, due to his height (he was well over 6 ft, which was unusual for a pilot)

2. His lexical talents also extended to writing screenplays – such features include ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and the James Bond classic, ‘You Only Live Twice’

3. He wrote all his children’s stories in a small hut in the bottom of his garden – everyone needs a space for their imagination to run wild!

4. Roald Dahl was a chocolate taster at school – Dahl attended Repton boarding school, where this prominent memory inspired the tale of Charlie Bucket and Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

5. Roald Dahl was a medical innovator – he contributed significantly to the invention of the modern ventricular catheter

6. He published a cookbook with his second wife Liccy (Felicity) – not limited to fictional tales, Dahl and his wife also put together a book of beloved recipes gathered across their years together

7. He invented more than 250 words and character names – Such treasures include scrumdiddlyumptious and frizzlecrump, and there is even an Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary! Take that GCSE English!

8. Dahl often based his characters on people he knew himself – For example, the grandma in The Witches was based on his mother, Sofie. I’d hate to think who the Twits were based on…

9. The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery was opened at the Buckinghamshire County Museum in 1996 – full of hands on experiences and activities, there is much to discover here

10. Roald Dahl was a spy! – During WWII he passed intelligence to MI6 from Washington

Many who are familiar with Dahl’s literary works will note his use of dark humour and regular plotlines of children overcoming great adversaries, often at the hands of adults. In his championing of youth, the power of imagination and creativity, his stories have endured for decades and will continue to delight parents and children alike for many generations to come.

LMP are delighted to be part of this legacy, through Paul Patterson’s musical account of Roald Dahl’s retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Told with wit and the unpatronizing humour characteristic of its author, and the forces of a wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn), piano and narrator, this lively and tuneful rendition of the fairy tale classic will appeal to all the family.

By Jenny Brady

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Jenny Brady is the Creative Learning & Participation Manager at London Mozart Players.

You can buy tickets for LMP’s performance of Little Red Riding Hood via this link.

Howard Shelley & LMP at Conway Hall

As pianist, conductor and recording artist Howard Shelley has enjoyed a distinguished career since his highly acclaimed London debut in 1971, performing worldwide at major venues and with renowned orchestras. His long association with the London Mozart Players has now been recognised by the title of Conductor Laureate. This Sunday concert presents a programme of early and late works by Mozart alongside his most revered contemporaries, ahead of a special appearance at the Wuerzburg Mozart Fest. Come and join the orchestra for a glass of wine after the performance!

Haydn Symphony No.83 in G minor Hob.1/83
Mozart Piano Concerto No.1 in F K37
Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 in Bb K595
Myslivecek Symphony in C F.26

#LMPOnTheMove: Little Red Riding Hood

Delve into Roald Dahl’s interpretation of the children’s classic Little Red Riding Hood, brought to life with live music by Paul Patterson and performed by Rebecca Kenny and the London Mozart Players.

Join Croydon’s resident orchestra this half term as we re-imagine the iconic children’s classic story, surrounded by an exciting collection of installation art from St. Nicholas’ School. Children will have a chance to dive into an arts and crafts workshop before each performance, creating a series of props to bring the story to life! Suitable for children of all ages.

10:45am – first performance

2:45pm – second performance

NB: Please note the Arts & Crafts workshop will take place 1 hour before each performance. There are limited spaces for this pre-performance activity so places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT YOU CAN BUY TICKETS FOR OUR PERFORMANCE ON SUNDAY 18 JUNE AT ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST VIA THE LINK BELOW.

LMP Chamber at the Swaledale Festival

Devienne – Bassoon Quartet Op.73, No.2

Mozart – Clarinet Quintet

Schubert – Octet

Britain’s oldest chamber orchestra tonight appears in quartet, quintet and octet forms in a delicious programme of chamber music by Devienne, Mozart and Schubert